Rocket League – Review

Developer: Psyonix
Publisher: Psyonix
Platforms: PC, PS4
Reviewed on PS4

THERE isn’t really an excuse to not currently download Rocket League. I mean, it’s free (July PS Plus).
For what it is, I can also confirm that it’s pretty damn fun in an “I have 10 minutes to spare waiting for the other half to put their trousers on” kind of way.
The premise is simple, and entirely summed up in the game’s cover image.
You play football, in a car.
I’m not much of a football fan (I know, burn me at the stake for treason against the empire), but I found it quite charming to whiz around the pitch and bunny hop into a header/bumper finish.
The car controls are solid and would transcribe well into a good karting game. They can boost, jump and even do somersaults. Though it would often help if their turning circle was a tad tighter.
The camera can also cause issues when the ball bounces up off the screen, a marker shows where it will land and there is a ‘ball cam’, but a car has a lot of trouble receiving a ball out of the air.
Being unable to crab means you have to frequently do a tight U-turn to get back after the pack.

I’m not much of a football fan (I know, burn me at the stake for treason against the empire), but I found it quite charming to whiz around the pitch and bunny hop into a header/bumper finish.

There isn’t much sitting around with Rocket League, the option to start a match is near immediate, the loading screens are short lived and the servers are reliable.
It’s the perfect tea break button bash.
Matches last five minutes and can be played against bots or online opponents.
Online play becomes the most tactical as the more successful teams always have a goalie sitting on each wing and the free-for-all attempts at everyone being a striker usually end in failure.
To track and reward progress there are a ton of un-lockables that come fast with the relatively quick levelling.
They’re pretty much all cosmetic, but still fun and quirky to use.
The game is fantastic to look at. The visuals are extremely crispy and the colour palette is vibrant, tinted with that effective mix of blue and orange. It also keeps an impressive pace at 60fps, a necessary inclusion for when a match gets fast and heated.
You can’t sit down for a day with Rocket League, but that’s not what it’s about. It strikes a nice balance between minute killing phone apps and the big full-price titles.
In the age of convenience, Rocket League is a sweet addition, making a quick thrill available to those without the time for a sesh.

You can’t sit down for a day with Rocket League, but that’s not what it’s about.

+Responsive controls
+Sharp and tasty to look at
+Provides an accessible and quick adrenaline kick

-The camera can be awkward
-Cars aren’t that precise with footballs

8/10

Try if you like:
Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars – Mario Kart – Mario Strikers Charged – Fifa – PES

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